• First Parish of Norwell
    Hate Has No Home Here

  • Join Us
    for Worship Sunday 10 a.m.

  • Imagine a religion
    where inspiration comes from many spiritual sources

  • We are
    a Welcoming Church

  • We Value the
    Inherent Worth & Dignity of Every Person

  • Our goal:
    World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for all.

  • We Respect
    the interdependent web of all existence

About Us

First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age, or sexual orientation, ours is a Welcoming Church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished New England congregation serving the area including Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Hanson, Hingham, Scituate, Pembroke and other south shore towns for more than 375 years. Read More.


"In the bonds of fellowship and love, we unite to cultivate reverence, to promote spiritual growth and ethical commitment, to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity, to celebrate the sacred moments of life's passage, and to honor the holiness at the heart of being."
First Parish of Norwell Covenant


People of diverse beliefs gather as one faith. We aspire to create an extended spiritual family where young and old, Christian and non-christian, theist and humanist can offer each other mutual friendship and support in our common spiritual quest.


The Helen Fogg Service Committee coordinates efforts to reach our service goals by working with and contributing to already existing social justice and outreach efforts. Four areas of focus help to organize our work include: Neighbor to Neighbor, Sustainable Development, Education, and Human Rights.

We Are UU

Unitarian Universalist principles encourage the right of conscience and utilizing the democratic process to achieve social justice, equity, and equal opportunity for all individuals in our local, national, and global communities. At First Parish of Norwell, we support individual and group efforts to bring about a world where no person is denied the right to participate and enjoy the fruits of a just and equitable society.

Who We Are

First Parish Norwell

Minister - Reverend Lise Adams Sherry

Rev. Lise feels pastoral care and rites of passage make up one of the more sacred parts of ministry. During these times, Lise hopes people will trust her with their challenges and their joys. Lise has found that simply offering her presence can be one of the more empowering things she does as a minister.

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Minister's Bio

Read more about Rev. Lise

Minister Emeritus - Rev. Richard M. Fewkes

Join Us for Sunday Services at 10 a.m.

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    January 13: A Prisoner's Life
    This is an Outreach Sunday and our offerings will go to Partakers—a prison education and mentor program that several folks in our church volunteer for.
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    January 20: A Reflection
    Joanne Howard, Pulpit Guest

    Joanne will share some historical learnings about First Parish’s history in race relations.
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    January 27: Martin Buber's "I and Thou"
    Martin Buber was a Jewish Austrian theologian who believed that humans ultimately find meaning in their relationships with one another. His book on this topic was written in 1923. What wisdom can we glean from it for today?
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    February 3: Chinese New Year
    How do the Chinese celebrate their New Year? What spiritual meanings are involved?
    Should severe weather this winter necessitate cancellation of any church activities, we will make every effort to leave an outgoing message on the church's voicemail (781-659-7122) and send an all-church email or iSpi newsletter with the information. We will also post an update on the church's Facebook page (First Parish of Norwell Unitarian Universalist Church). If you are not a Facebook user yourself, you can still view our page, by clicking on the white "f" in the yellow stripe at the top of this homepage. Depending on the amount of advance notice, check here on our website as well. Power outages or lack of internet access may affect our ability to communicate with you all.
    Please be cautious and use your best judgment!
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